I have recently started selling on Addoway (feel free to stop by and check out my new store: Whiskey Jack on Addoway) and this is in addition to my Bonanza Booth. No sales yet, but I am hopeful. While hanging out on Face Book the other day, trying to promote my two store fronts, there was a discussion concerning what would be the ideal online sales site. After thinking about it a bit, I came up with the following:
Welcome to SaleMart! Your One Stop Online Sales Source!
On SaleMart, you can choose to sell in our Auction Barn, or open your very own store front in our mall!
The Auction Barn runs auctions continually, and auction last anywhere from 7 days long down to 1 hour long. The choice is yours. Each seller determines the length of their auction, reserve prices (if any), starting bids, and sellers (known as Auctioneers here in the barn) will have the ability to lower the starting bid at any time. Registered sellers will have a real time live chat available to them, so they can interact with bidders during the course of their auction. Bidders are not required to complete a full registration to participate in auctions. However, buyers must sign up for each auction they attend, and provide a user name, email address, and agree to the terms of the auction. Bidders will use their user name when bidding. Buyers who complete the full registration (which is free), will not be required to sign up for any auction they participate in. Their initial registration with SaleMart will take the place of the auction sign up and will constitute the buyers agreement with any auction terms.
If you choose to open a store front in our mall, you will notice that our mall is sectioned into store categories such as Antiques stores, Collectibles stores, Craft stores, Clothing stores, Jewelry stores, Book stores, Sporting Goods stores, Variety stores, Thrift stores, and more. Simply choose which category best fits your store and set up your storefront! The mall is divided up into categories to better help buyers locate just what they are looking for, and also help the seller increase sales by avoiding having buyers wander aimlessly around looking for what they want (and soon getting discouraged and leaving!)
Sellers with storefronts can run sales either together or independent of other stores, and will always have the ability to show which items have been marked down and by how much! This way, when buyers enter your store, they will immediately see where prices have been rolled back!
In addition, the first four (or five) item windows in each store front are intentionally left blank. These windows provide the seller to insert sales flyers, promotional ads, etc.. to help inspire sales in their stores!
As with the Auction Barn, each store will have a live, real time chat window so they can converse with their customers! In addition, each store owner (as well as each auction seller) will have the ability to send and receive messages and quick texts right from their profile page!
SaleMart also offers dozens of free listing templates to sellers. Templates are found in the “Sellers Tools” section. A link to this is located on the sellers profile page. Other sellers tools include free shipping calculators, several counters, free google analytics, free sales analysis tools, and much more!
As you enter our main SaleMart page, you will see three separate “Notices” boards. One is the “Daily Coupons” board where sellers are able to post sale coupons by the day or week for their store. The next is the “Current Sales” board which lists all ongoing sales. Sellers can post here to show that they are having a sale, what is on sale, and what kind of savings customers can expect. The last is the “Auction Board” which shows what auctioneers are having auctions.
SaleMart also has a dispute resolution center that is committed to resolving any issues which may arise between sellers and buyers. Rest assured that SaleMart does not favor one side over the other, and strives to be fair in all its decisions. Buyers are strongly encouraged to work with sellers if they experience any problems, and SaleMart encourages all sellers to be honest and truthful in all their dealings with their customers. If a seller can be shown to have been dishonest in their item descriptions or titles, then SaleMart will likely side with the buyer. However, if the buyer does not purchase shipping insurance for items they purchase, then SaleMart will not hold sellers accountable for items damaged during shipping. Sellers are encouraged to provide shipping insurance or at least the option for the buyer to purchase this. Both sellers and buyers are required to agree to and abide by SaleMart’s established policies and rules, and both buyers and sellers will be held accountable for any attempts at fraudulent activity. Although buyers are not required to register to purchase items in SaleMart stores, only registered buyers can use the dispute resolution center. Registration is free, however, and buyers are encouraged to register.
SaleMart offers several different integrated payment options for buyers and sellers, including PayPal, Google Checkout, Cash, Check, Money Order, and others. Of course, it is completely up to the seller which payment option he or she chooses to use. Salemart also has several different integrated shipping options as well, including USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, and more. Click on the shipping options tab for more information.
Although SaleMart encourages sellers to make use of the sellers forum and SaleMart bulletin board to advertise their individual stores, SaleMart also utilizes an aggressive marketing campaign. Our commercials can be seen on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and other television stations. We also advertise in national newspapers, magazines and trade papers, both in print and online. The SaleMart car can now also be seen racing competitively on the NASCAR circuit! SaleMart is committed to letting the world know that SaleMart is by far the best online sales venue available today!
Well, it sounds pretty good to me, almost too good to be true. And of course, SaleMart isn’t real. It’s only what I would like to see in an online sales venue. And who knows….maybe someday!